BMSDC Joint Local Plan - Pre-Submission Reg19 (interactive) 2020
03 - Vision and Objectives
03.01 The Plan sets the spatial vision of the place that Babergh and Mid Suffolk will become by 2037, based upon the following key priorities:
- Enabling sustainable economic growth;
- Enhancing and protecting the environment;
- Delivering appropriate housing; and
- Supporting strong and healthy communities & delivering Infrastructure.
03.02 To contribute to the delivery of the vision and priority areas, the Plan will set out an ambitious growth agenda. This will prioritise the infrastructure investment required to deliver the growth ambitions and will identify the locations for delivering the necessary housing, employment and recreational growth and development.
Vision for Babergh and Mid Suffolk
By 2037, Babergh and Mid Suffolk Districts will have transitioned to a low carbon future, with the ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. Significant growth will have occurred, embedding the principles of sustainable development, balancing social, economic and environmental issues.
Major new housebuilding will have taken place, including the delivery of affordable housing for first time buyers and those on low incomes, whilst recognising the Districts have an ageing population. Strategic employment sites will be protected, and their proposed expansion supported in principle to ensure jobs are retained locally and created where opportunities exist, allowing businesses to expand and new businesses to invest in the area.
There will be enhanced biodiversity through the delivery of measurable net gains across the Districts, supported by an identified ecological network. The historic and landscape character of the Districts will be apparent with development being sensitive to this character and applying good design principles.
There will be a clear vision for the towns of Hadleigh and Sudbury in Babergh, and for Eye, Needham Market, and Stowmarket in Mid Suffolk. Many communities will have adopted neighbourhood plans, adding locally to the decision-making process.
A significant amount of growth will have taken place within the strategic transport corridors, recognising the opportunities that exist to move around the area and the relationship with the wider housing market area and functional economic area.
Infrastructure including education, health and transport will have been delivered, including school extensions, expanded health facilities and more opportunities for walking, cycling and use of public transport, as communities grow with active and healthy futures.
03.03 The objectives for the Plan are as follows:
- Delivery of the right types of homes, of the right tenure in the right place meeting need.
- Encourage the development of employment sites and other business growth, of the right type, in the right place and encourage investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation in order to increase productivity.
- To encourage inward investment to the Districts, by supporting infrastructure improvements that will enable the continued growth of The Port of Felixstowe and strengthen the Districts' links to The Port of Felixstowe and the rest of the UK.
- To protect and enhance environmental assets (including designated sites, landscapes, heritage, biodiversity net gains, green spaces, air and water quality, and river corridors) for current and future generations.
- Ensure new development avoids areas of flood risk and reduces future flood risk.
- To reduce the drivers of climate change as much as possible from a social, economic and environmental perspective, with the ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Healthy Communities & Infrastructure
- To enable all communities to thrive, grow, be healthy, active and self-sufficient through supporting the provision of the necessary infrastructure, and encouraging more sustainable travel.
- To support communities to deliver plans and projects at the district and neighbourhood levels, specifically providing opportunities for the District Councils supporting communities on the development on neighbourhood plans.
- To work with the communities of Hadleigh and Sudbury in Babergh and Eye, Needham Market and Stowmarket in Mid Suffolk in the development of a vision and strategy for these towns.
03.04 The core features of the Plan area and the general pattern for growth are shown on the key diagram.